Our family, along with many others, will be heading to the movie theaters this weekend to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will probably be the top grossing film of the summer. The comic book/movie Avengers are quite a motley crew. There is a scientist who, when angry, turns into a giant, green guy with shaggy hair who likes to beat up bad guys. There is an attractive woman in a skintight black jumpsuit who is a trained assassin. There is a handsome man with long, blond hair who swings a large sledgehammer very well. There is a guy who is really good with a bow and arrow. There is a guy who was unfrozen over 50 years after World War II who uses a round shield to defeat the bad guys. And last but not least, there is a technologically savvy, snarky guy who has a ball of adamantium in his chest, and who flies around with an iron uniform on. In the first Avengers movie, the adversary was named Loki, and he resembled Satan in word and in deed. All these colorful characters are courtesy of the fertile mind of Stan Lee.
There were avengers in the Old Testament as well. The avenger of blood was the person who would chase after a murderer and then kill the murderer. If the murder wasn’t premeditated, the murderer could escape to a city of refuge and the avenger of blood couldn’t touch the murderer there. If the murderer left the city of refuge before the high priest died, however, the avenger of blood had every right to kill the murderer.
The ultimate avenger, however, is Jesus Christ Himself. At the Second Coming, Christ will return in the sky, riding a white horse, and all the armies of heaven will ride behind Him. Jesus will then defeat the Antichrist and the False Prophet into the lake of fire. An angel will then throw Satan into a pit and lock him them up for a thousand years. Satan will be released from the pit at the end of the thousand years to deceive the nations. There will have one final battle, and God will destroy the rogue nations with fire. Satan will be thrown in the lake of fire with the Antichrist and the False Prophet. Sin and evil will be conquered for all time.
People enjoy action hero movies because they represent the eternal battle of good versus evil, and good almost always wins in the movies. But when Christ returns at the Second Coming, it won’t be an action hero movie – it will be the real deal. Will you be with the armies coming back with Christ, or will you be trembling on Earth when you see Him in the sky? Don't wait too long to make that decision!
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